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By adamg - 12/5/19 - 11:49 am

Pegasystems, which makes software for large corporations, has shown enough proof that it was damaged by a research report claiming a competitor's offerings were far superior that it can continue its federal lawsuit against the competitor that secretly paid for the report and the research firm that wrote it, a judge ruled today. Read more.

By adamg - 11/25/19 - 9:04 am

WBUR reports the Massachusetts State Police bomb squad got some loaners of Boston Dynamics's "Spot" robots - basically the pets a Terminator might have - and actually used them in the field at least twice. State Police declined to say exactly how they used them; the ACLU, of course, has some questions.

By adamg - 11/14/19 - 4:20 pm

Was going to write up an indictment of a pair of Bay Staters for allegedly doing various bad things with crytptocurrency, social hacking and Twitter accounts. Read more.

By adamg - 11/14/19 - 10:57 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Spyce, where robots make the food, is closing for a couple of months of renovations and menu changes. Maybe they could keep the robots working by having them repaint the digits of pi that the MIT graduates who opened the place felt needed to be torn off their Pi Alley wall so they could put in a window (honestly, you'd think MIT grads, of all people, would have some reverence for pi).

By adamg - 10/21/19 - 8:57 am

The Harvard Gazette reports a scientist picked to judge a competition on the Food Network said his experience got him to thinking about applying ideas developed for regrowing new organs to lab-grown meat - and that now his lab has "grown rabbit and cow muscle cells on edible gelatin scaffolds that mimic the texture and consistency of meat, demonstrating that realistic meat products may eventually be produced without the need to raise and slaughter animals."

More details.

By adamg - 9/16/19 - 10:57 pm

The Free Software Foundation announced tonight that Richard Stallman has resigned as its president and a member of the board of the group - which he started in 1985. Read more.

By adamg - 8/2/19 - 11:59 am

The Harvard Crimson has the details in the dispute over who discovered a particular gene-changing technique first; Berkeley is using words like "pattern of deception" and "cherry-picked data" in a complaint filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Harvard and MIT volleys back with words like "baseless."

By adamg - 4/23/19 - 12:01 pm

And one of those reasons would be a manhunt for a man police believed had just murdered somebody with a sawed-off shotgun, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled today. Read more.

By adamg - 4/2/19 - 1:16 pm

The Harvard Gazette reports Harvard scientists have figured out how to make robots made completely out of soft materials - with even their core logic embedded in rubber, rather than microchips. They're relatively simple for now, but the researchers are looking at future applications that go beyond creating rubber octopuses that could crawl across a desert, as cool as that might be: Read more.

By adamg - 2/20/19 - 3:01 pm
Robot car at MIT

Robot car stops to ponder how to get into MIT.

Xconomy reports that Nutonomy, which is testing robocars in Boston, has run into a problem in that the rolling Marvins can't figure out what to do at stop lights when there's solar glare that makes it hard to see just which color the signal is. Read more.

By adamg - 2/6/19 - 10:07 pm
Marty the Stop and Shop robot in Quincy

M .Mantis stayed a respectful distance from Marty the robot at the Stop & Shop on Newport Avenue in Quincy tonight. As you can see from the sign, Marty's stated purpose is to spot spills and fallen signs and report them to store workers. Read more.

By adamg - 1/18/19 - 8:38 am
Stop & Shop robot delivery car

Photo by Robomart.

Robomart, a San Francisco company, says Stop & Shop will roll out its robogrocery vehicles in the Boston area later this year. Read more.

By adamg - 12/4/18 - 4:33 pm

For the past couple of days, somebody has been sending vast amounts of "malicious" e-mail to people with MIT e-mail accounts, bringing the system to its knees as the school tries to block the problem. Read more.

By adamg - 11/23/18 - 10:19 am

Ion drive: The first flight

Researchers at MIT have developed a small plane that uses ions to fly: Read more.

By adamg - 11/2/18 - 4:04 pm

The T has canceled the E Line past Brigham Circle due to a trolley and a stopped box truck exchanging some love pats near the Riverway and is advising riders to jump on the 39 bus instead - but the buses are having their own problems due to all the traffic piled up as a result.

By adamg - 10/26/18 - 9:48 am

Sure, Boston Dynamics's jumping, cinderblock-flinging would-be metal assassins get all the attention, but in a distant part of Charlestown, another company is quietly designing genial robotic luggage that follows you like a puppy while carrying up to 40 pounds of your stuff, the Charlestown Patriot-Bridge reports.

By adamg - 10/15/18 - 8:57 am

Inside MIT's Nuclear Reactor

MIT takes us on a tour of its nuclear reactor, conveniently located just off Mass. Ave.

By adamg - 10/2/18 - 1:05 pm

The Boston Public Library said today it's making hotspot kits - which will let borrowers share an Internet connection with up to 15 other users - available for 21-day loans at all of its branches and the central library in Copley Square.

The devices connect to T-Mobile's Boston network. Anybody with a BPL card can borrow one of the gizmos.

More info.

By adamg - 9/25/18 - 4:15 pm

Two developers are telling the BPDA they will shortly file detailed plans to create an biotech and life-sciences R&D park on either side of Western Avenue, at the edge of Harvard's vast Allston holdings, where the university is planning its own large R&D development. Read more.

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